i backed up my music files and some other stuff on a virgin 320 gig IDE hard drive and am now trying to access the hard drive on my other PC. Its main HDD is a sata drive and i have the IDE drive hooked in to the ide port and am using the "slave" jumper settings and on the "slave" plug of the ide cable.
When i try to access the drive it comes up with an error"the process cannot access the file because another process has locked a portion of the file. "


geek_fordcrzy, Dec 2, 5:24 pm

About now you should do as the 5th, 6th & 8th letters of your name suggest.

geek_r.g.nixon, Dec 2, 5:29 pm

http://kb. aspx? id=10095

geek_0800xford, Dec 2, 5:31 pm


geek_fordcrzy, Dec 2, 5:49 pm

If your main drive is SATA then your IDE one must be set to Master., Dec 2, 5:50 pm

or cable select. . .

do you have a caddy you can use?

geek_0800xford, Dec 2, 5:53 pm


geek_fordcrzy, Dec 2, 6:07 pm

hard drive enclosure

geek_0800xford, Dec 2, 6:14 pm


geek_fordcrzy, Dec 2, 6:48 pm

bump. any know how to get the files out? i just want access to my mp3 files. at the moment i can't even see the contents of the drive

geek_fordcrzy, Dec 2, 8:04 pm

You haven't mentioned what Operating Systems or File Systems you are using.

geek_r.g.nixon, Dec 2, 8:12 pm

if the files are just copies, format the ide drive
*with your sata drive disconnected* <== note the importance of this step, just in case.
then connect the sata drive, use cable select on the ide drive, format the ide drive appropriately [ntfs? ] then copy the files across again.

basically start again

geek_0800xford, Dec 2, 8:17 pm

The original files are still on your computer, right?

geek_dunedin_ree, Dec 2, 8:18 pm

Doesn't have to be slave cause sata doesn't care about it.
Read this:

geek_lythande1, Dec 2, 9:13 pm

You could just re copy them from your CD's

AND, you did format the HD before using it

geek_swivel, Dec 2, 9:37 pm

it was formatted using partition magic. the drive is seen fine on my work PC and another old IDE drive works fine on my PC. :( but when i go to the hardware manager the "NTFS" file system does NOT show on the drive like it does with the others. . . . weird. Ive got about 100 gigs of stuff to transfer so using USB sticks or DVD copies is out of the question.

geek_fordcrzy, Dec 5, 9:51 am

If the ide cable has a "slave" plug marked on the cable, then it's a special "cable select", and you should be jumpering the hard disk to "CS", not "slave". There's your mistake.

I would also attach the hard disk to the end of the cable (this should be the "Master" plug), because if there is nothing on the end position of the cable, signal reflections will occur on the cable.

edit: to recap, set the drive to "CS" and attach it to the "Master" plug.

geek_gyrogearloose, Dec 5, 10:00 am

SOLVED. . . Turned out that i needed to set my SATA drive to RAID mode even though it isnt in raid mode at all. with the ide drive connected and the sata operating in ide mode it all got out of whack. so now it works fine with the sata set to raid in the bios, but not actually paired to anything. . . . go figure.

geek_fordcrzy, Dec 7, 10:08 pm